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It’s the end of the world as we know it | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

It’s the end of the world as we know it | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Day #2 of Writing Camp. Last night I started the novel in contemporary omniscient, setting the scene, and then delved into single third, in Sera’s head. After getting frustrated (partly because I switched to past tense as well and I’m so used to writing in present), I started a second beginning (See previous post about my insane creative process) with classical omniscient and then into single third, present tense.

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WriterStrong: Keep Them Up All Night Turning Pages

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If you’ve been told, either by agents, editors, or crit groups that you have a pacing problem, don’t get overwhelmed. Yes, look at where you enter and exit each scene, but also try this: zoom in to a single plot point or interaction between characters and analyze how you build anticipation.


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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

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According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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Love that writers' can activate other people's brains by telling stories -- readers experience it as if they have lived it first hand. Ah, the power of a great story.

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Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 1, 2015 5:39 AM

The power of putting pen to paper helps to make sense of a world increasingly filled with noise.

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What the Best Writing Teachers Know

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A high school student explains how she discovered the "two dimensions" of writing.
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Games for writers and word play | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Games for writers and word play | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

An extensive but by no means exhaustive list of board games that teach vocabulary and word play. 

 

 

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If you are going to be a writer, you must love the tools of the trade -- words.

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Fashions and Gifts for Angry Writers

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Apparel and gifts for frustrated novelists, grumpy poets and other angry writers (and the muses who torment them).
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Lots of gift ideas for the writer in your life.

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Mary Oliver - Books, Biography, Poetry » Mary Oliver reads Mornings at Blackwater

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Mary Oliver is the author of many famous poems, including The Journey, Wild Geese, The Summer Day, and When Death Comes.
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One of my favorite poets.

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Bloomsbury - Bloomsbury Spark

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Interesting. Major publisher. E-books.

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, May 7, 2013 10:19 PM

Would you like to see your e-book published by imprint of Bloomsbury?

 

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The Dreamy Giraffe

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Love it.

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Laura Laframboise Jennison's curator insight, May 9, 2013 4:40 PM

Might kill some scenes and plot points too. But chances are they are well deserved deaths.

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5 Insights into the Creative Process | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

5 Insights into the Creative Process | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

I finished an art project recently that made me realize that I have a rather messy creative process. Maybe everyone does, but I doubt everyone ends up with 6 finished pieces where they intended to make one. That would be what happened to me.

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Haiku - Poetry of the Samurai Warrior | Scholastic.com

Haiku - Poetry of the Samurai Warrior | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Encourages students to learn about ancient Japanese Samurai through reading, repsonding to, and writing haiku.
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Good Haiku Definition pdf and Haiku Organizer pdf.

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Writing and Fear

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I owe much of my understanding of suspense and fear on the page to one single terrifying experience.
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What scares you? What haunts you? Use that to write scenes that ring true.

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Innovation Excellence | A Brilliantly Simple Way to Boost our Creativity

Innovation Excellence | A Brilliantly Simple Way to Boost our Creativity | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
In this fascinating Scientific American article, the authors (Oren Shapira and Nira Liberman) tell us that creativity is not bound by the sole innate characteristics of an individual and can in fact be changed based on situation and context.

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Teaching Writing with Graphic Organizers

Find resources at http://pear.ly/bKmy9

 

Via Chris Smith's Shambles site


Via Jim Lerman
Sarah McElrath's insight:

If you go to http://Pear.ly/bKmy9 all the links are there in a map.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 1, 2013 11:53 AM

A very resource-rich slide deck by the wonderful Shelly Terrell.

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Who’s telling your story? Exploring Point of View | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Who’s telling your story? Exploring Point of View | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

I’ve taken a step back to look again at how best to tell the story–or, in this case, who best should tell the story. It’s all about perspective, just like with painting. Change perspective and you change what one notices in the picture. Change the POV and you change what the reader can experience in the story.

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Explores the different third-person points of view.

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31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.
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Slideshow with quotes from famous authors.

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WritersBeat.com

The official writing forums of Writer's Beat. Post your stories, share some feedback, read the e-zine, become part of the writing community!
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Looking for a writer community? Check this out.

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Writing outside the comfort zone — literally | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Writing outside the comfort zone — literally | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Where do you write? Center of the room? Perfect Office? Not for me.

 

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What are you waiting for? The perfect writing environment? Might never happen. Don't be like the exerciser that can't exercise until she buys new workout clothes. Start. Right. Now.

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This Craft Called Writing

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a blog about writing, editing and being published
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Some good tips from author Celia Rees.

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Digital Writing Tools Trails Optional

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writing and use the power of the digital medium to create multimodal, interactive texts. Please add more examples in the comments, I want to keep collecting

Via BookChook
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Some intesting ways to tell stories.

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BookChook's curator insight, May 8, 2013 2:26 AM

Various tools and websites that encourage kids and adults to write.

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» 15 Tips for Taming Distractions When Trying to Create - World of Psychology

» 15 Tips for Taming Distractions When Trying to Create - World of Psychology | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
When it comes to creativity, distractions “are a mixed blessing,” according to Christina Rosalie, a writer, mixed-media artist and author of A Field Guide

Via MyCreativeTeam
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I really like the number 3 kitchen timer idea. When difficulties arise, it is so easy to walk away, but if I am forced to keep my butt in the chair, often I can push through the problem.

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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Cracks Jokes During Commencement Speech [VIDEO]

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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo returned to his alma mater to give the commencement speech, which attracted many laughs, to 2013 University of Michigan graduates.
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Look at the other great commencement speaches at the end of the article. Inspiring stuff.

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Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Poetry

Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Poetry | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Poetry Experts help students develop their own craft to work from idea to published piece. Learn how to craft well-controlled metaphors with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. And see how Sylvia Plath used imagery in her poem, "Morning Song". (PDF)

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Students can chat with fellow writers, publish their work, and build their portfolio.

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